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Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 225 reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The price and image quality also get good feedback, whereas reviews about the zoom and reliability are mixed.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the portability and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the price.

usability, image quality, size, portability


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRHC9E Mini DV Full HD HandycamSony HDRHC9E Mini DV Full HD Handycam

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the design and size are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical opinions about the zoom and color, and the reliability and usability get mixed reviews.

price, image quality, portability, size, design

durability, color, zoom

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC9 6MP MiniDV High Definition Handycam Camcorder 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-HC9 6MP MiniDV High Definition Handycam Camcorder 10x Optical Zoom

May, 2018


Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-HC9


The tape-based HDV camcorder is an increasingly rare beast. Despite delivering arguably the best image quality of any video format, it has been all bu...

Superb 1080i image quality, loads of manual features, reliable build quality, intuitive user interface

Not much has changed since last generation's HDR-HC7

If you prefer the familiarity and reliability of HDV tape, the Sony HDR-HC9 is one of the best (and only) options on the market. Sticklers for value may want to check out Canon’s HV30 though — it's every bit as good, yet cheaper.

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

Best Sony i have owned


Have owned the HC9 for over 18 months easy to use but too many menu items take time to find the one you need, great point and shoot or full manual superb image quality especially when played back on HD TV, exceptional battery life, the only complaint i...

Superb Image quality, battery life, light weight, good low light, great still images, good viewfinder and flip out screen

occasional glitch with image stops for approx 1 second on play back, some controls fiddly or too small hard to use if screen open

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash


Colour of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:211200

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:6.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):49 - 490
Focal length range (f-f):5.4 - 54
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.04Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:1
I/O ports:Audio - in\nHeadphone
Lens focal range:1.8 - 2.9
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.3
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800

Still image

Still image resolution(s):2848 x 2136


Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Flash Motion / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123200
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.2

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes